Kimberlee Thorson

Head Librarian

My Office is in Building A
(559) 416-5909 Ext. 43041 & 43042
kimberleethorson@maderausd.org

WELCOME TO THE TORRES HIGH SCHOOL LIBRARY





Library hours: 8:30 am - 4:00 pm





Librarian's Message

Welcome to Torres High School Library. Our beautiful library is a great place to look for books, study or connect with friends. We are developing a great collection of bestselling books for teens and young adults. We also have a growing collection of eBooks and digital non-fiction and research resources. I’ve been a high school teacher, a middle school librarian and worn a host of other hats which allow me to help students find books that will spark their curiosity and interests. I’m excited to share this wonderful space with our Toro family!

Find Books to Read in the Torres High School Library

Destiny Discover connects you to the library even when you are home. Access the Torres Library Collection by clicking the button “Search the Torres Catalog.”

Search our eBook collection and our regular hardcover collection easily using this button on the website. The eBook collection is really easy to access.  Search for a title, or browse by subject or genre.  Click “Open” or “check out” and begin reading immediately from your device.

You may put a book on hold by logging in using your Google account and school email.





Featured Books





OCTOBER

Pumpkin Heads cover

Pumpkin Heads

by Rainbow Rowell

Working at a pumpkin patch every autumn, Deja and Josiah plan the ultimate Halloween night to celebrate their last year working together.

In Order to Live

by Yeonmi Park

"Park has told the harrowing story of her escape from North Korea as a child many times, but never before [now] has she revealed the most intimate and devastating details of the repressive society she was raised in and the enormous price she paid to escape"-

Different Seasons

by Stephen King

Four novellas by Stephen King, each of which corresponds to a different season of the year.

Digital Resources




Academic Databases for Research













Provides articles and video content, feature films, interactive lessons and resources.

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password: Toros

Classroom Video On Demand
Full length films and videos appropriate for classroom use on a variety of topics, biographies, and issues.

Feature Films for Education

Ferguson's Career Guidance Center

A great resource to explore careers, plan your career or college education path, video interviews of professionals in a variety of fields.

Science Online

eLearning resources featuring modules, interactive lessons, online experiments, diagrams and data, videos, biographies and more









This database contains a huge number of copyright safe sounds, music and popular songs that can be used for any purpose. 
Great for both teachers and students creating videos and other digital content.

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Other Digital Resources





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The California Digital Library supports the assembly and creative use of the world's scholarship and knowledge for the University of California libraries and the communities they serve.

The Internet Archive is a 501(c)(3) public nonprofit that was founded to build an 'Internet library,' with the purpose of offering permanent access for researchers, historians, and scholars to historical collections that exist in digital format.  Includes audio, music, film and text archives.

Storyline Online: The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s Daytime Emmy®-nominated and award-winning children’s literacy website, Storyline Online®, streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Readers include Oprah Winfrey, Chris Pine, Kristen Bell, Rita Moreno, Viola Davis, Jaime Camil, Kevin Costner, Lily Tomlin, Sarah Silverman, Betty White, Wanda Sykes and dozens more.

National Criminal Justice Reference Service: Established in 1972, the National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) is a federally funded resource offering justice and drug-related information to support research, policy, and program development worldwide.

Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources.

Project Gutenberg Free Online Books: Project Gutenberg was the first provider of free electronic books, or eBooks.

Quick Access to ProQuest, Teaching Books and Encyclopedia Britannica

The Online Books Page: Listing over 25,000 free books on the Web," by author, title, subject, and other features, such as: "A Celebration of Women Writers," "Banned Books Online," "Prize Winners Online," "Foreign Language," and "Specialty" by subject. This site also links to extensive directories which list thousands more online books.

Library Policies

Book check out and renewal policy: 

  • All books and electronic devices must be checked out to the student at the circulation desk.
  • Up to 6 hardcover books or ebooks can be checked out for up to 3 weeks.
  • Books that have not been reserved by another student may be renewed for another 3 weeks.

Return policy: 

  • Hardcover books should be returned to the library before the date due.  
  • Ebooks will be automatically removed from the borrower’s device on the date due, or they may be returned before that date.  

Lost or Damaged Items: 

  • Any Torres High School resource that is lost or damaged beyond repair will have a fine assessed equal to the replacement cost of the item.  
  • Damaged items that can be repaired will be charged a fine of $5.00.
Digital Citizenship

When online

  • Keep private information private
  • Don’t share personal information
  • Be kind
  • Remember your digital footprint is forever.  Before you send or submit, think of your future followers.
  • You don’t own your content.  When you post something online, your information is available to access, sell, manipulate, and forward.  
  • Be on the alert to those who hack, phish, or spam your inbox or other content.
  • WiFi is available to use, but it isn’t secure.  If you are using MUSD WiFi your online activity is monitored.
  • Students may use personal devices in the library with the understanding that school guidelines for digital citizenship are observed and adhered to at all times.

Torres Library Highlights

Challenge, Engage, and Develop

Read

Research

Collaborate

Study hard, and READ – for knowledge, for inspiration, and for fun! 

Study

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